Fight Club (1999)

David Fincher’s 1999 film “Fight Club” was shot primarily around Los Angeles, California.  Early in the film, the unnamed narrator, played by Edward Norton, attends support groups for diseases he does not have.  He visits the St. Brendan Catholic Church, which has appeared in numerous productions, including “Spider-Man 3,” “Armageddon” and the Guns N’ Roses music video for “November Rain.”

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LOCATION: 310 S Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

After meeting Marla Singer, played by Helena Bonham Carter, he follows her to this laundromat, where she takes clothes that don’t belong to her.  The laundromat is still in business.

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LOCATION: 4371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

The vintage clothing store where she sells the clothes was located just across the street.

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LOCATION: 4314 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The narrator’s apartment can be found near downtown Los Angeles.  It’s located just across from the 2nd Street Tunnel, a popular filming location seen in such films as “Blade Runner,” “Kill Bill,” “The Terminator” and many more.  Known as the Promenade Towers, the property consists of two main towers.  The one seen in the film is closest to the W 1st St overpass.  He calls Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, from a phone booth at the front entrance between the two towers.

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LOCATION: 123 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fight Club begins at Lou’s Tavern.  The building was a real bar, located near Wilmington.  It had closed by the time the production came along, which added the neon signs.  Not long after filming completed, the building was demolished altogether.  It’s now just some empty land at the corner of S Figueroa St and W Harry Bridges Blvd.

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LOCATION: S Figueroa St / W Harry Bridges Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731 (now demolished)

The building where Tyler holds a man at gunpoint and urges him to go back to school was also filmed at a nearby liquor store at 1109 W Harry Bridges Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744, but was also demolished.

Tyler’s house, supposedly located on Paper Street, was a set built by the production on Neptune Ave in Wilmington.  It was removed at the completion of filming and is likewise now just empty land.

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LOCATION: 240 N Neptune Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744 (now demolished)

As Fight Club begins to expand, the club begins taking on homework assignments by trying to start fights with the public.  A man sprays a preacher with a hose as he walks by this tire shop.

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LOCATION: 505 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Another public fight takes place in front of these geometric art pieces, found in the Citigroup Center in Downtown Los Angeles.  The same area was used as the exterior of the bank in “Heat.”

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LOCATION: 444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The car dealership fight was filmed at 5151 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, but the building has since been demolished, with a new building standing in its place.

As the assignments escalate, things go wrong when the space monkeys try to destroy a piece of corporate art.  This was filmed at Two California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles.  There is no actual ball or fountain there.  To get to this area, look for signs for the Water Court from S Grand Ave.

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LOCATION: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Three scenes were filmed at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.  The first is where Tyler appears in a corporate video, welcoming the narrator to his hotel room.  The second is when Tyler works in a hotel restaurant where he defiles the food.  This was filmed in the hotel’s Emerald Room.  In a third scene, Tyler threatens to cut off the police commissioner’s balls in the men’s restroom of the Regency Room.

LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Marla lives in the Hotel Bristol, also in Downtown L.A.

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LOCATION: 423 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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A computer store gets blown up in Downtown L.A., near the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

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LOCATION: 501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Video tapes are erased with magnets at a former video store on Wilshire Blvd.

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LOCATION: 6340 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Marla is put on a bus at the corner of S Broadway and W 8th St in Los Angeles.  The narrator is then seen walking towards the former Olympic Theater.

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LOCATION: 313 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The final scenes with the buildings collapsing were a CGI composite.

It’s unfortunate that some of the most iconic locations from the film were either sets, CGI or since demolished.  However, if you’re a fan of the film, there’s still a lot of locations to be seen.

Related articles: Seven (1995), The Game (1997), Panic Room (2002), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010)

The Sandlot (1993)

The beloved 1993 baseball comedy “The Sandlot” was filmed mostly around Salt Lake City, Utah.  The open and close of the film, however, was shot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

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LOCATION: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The houses of Smalls, Benny and Ham are all located next to each other in a cul-de-sac in Salt Lake City.  The Smalls house can be seen here.

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LOCATION: 1556 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Benny’s house is just across the street.

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LOCATION: 1571 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Ham’s house is just a couple doors down from Smalls.

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LOCATION: 2005 Bryan Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

The boys can be seen walking in front of the houses here.

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Over in the town of Midvale, you’ll find Vincent Drug, where the boys purchased their baseballs.  Vincent Drug has long since closed, but the signage and decor largely remain in tact.  The trees out front have grown considerably since filming took place, so it’s a bit difficult to see from across the street.

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LOCATION: 7696 Main St W, Midvale, UT 84047

Here’s a better view of the front of the store, where Squints and Yeah-Yeah walk out and see Wendy Peffercorn walking down the sidewalk.

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Here is the sidewalk where Wendy approaches.

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An additional scene was also shot at the back of the store.  The boys sit in front of the wall to the right, talking about Babe Ruth.

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The Sandlot itself is unfortunately inaccessible to the public.  It sits in a quiet neighborhood, tucked away behind a block of houses.  The owner of the land lives in one of the houses and according to comments online, he is not welcoming to guests.  There are one or two spots where there are gaps between the houses, where just a small section of the land can be seen, such as this.

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LOCATION: The land behind 1388 Glenrose Dr S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

About 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City, in the town of Ogden, you’ll find the swimming pool from the movie.  The Lorin Farr Community Pool is where Squints fakes drowning in order to steal a kiss from Wendy Peffercorn when she attempts to administer mouth to mouth.  While you’re in Ogden, be sure to check out the Dante’s Inferno restaurant location from “Dumb And Dumber.”

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LOCATION: 1691 Gramercy Ave, Ogden, UT 84404

As the boys are thrown out, they get escorted through this exit on the opposite side of the pool.  There’s a river running right next to the path.  It’s a beautiful area if you have extra time to walk around.

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Squints stands in front of this fence and catches one last look at Wendy.

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Some kids challenge the boys to a baseball game, which was filmed at Riverside Park in Salt Lake City.

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LOCATION: 739 N 1400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood (2019)

When word began to spread that Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood” would be using practical set dressing to convert Los Angeles back to 1969 block by block, we knew this rare occurrence was something we should capture as much as possible for the fleeting moments it took place.

We typically avoid visiting filming locations while a project is in active production.  There are so many moving pieces, restricted areas and things in the way, it almost always proves best to wait until a production has left.  However, this film proved to be an exception.  Documenting the locations in real time made for a much different, more challenging process.  Some areas, such as Hollywood Blvd, were lined with large crowds actively watching for nights on end.  Other places, such as the Spahn Ranch set, were quite low profile and known to very few.  The locations were so impressive, we’ve deviated a bit from our usual format to show some set dressing and behind the scenes photos.  Not everything made it to camera, so we thought it was worthwhile to showcase the level of detail that went into the project.  While there are some minor spoilers in this article, we did our best to avoid any major ones.

The early scenes of Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, on the set of “Bounty Law” were filmed at Melody Ranch in Newhall, California.  This is not Tarantino’s first time filming at Melody Ranch.  Some scenes from”Django Unchained” were also filmed there.  Melody Ranch does offer tours to the public, which is a rarity among movie ranches in Southern California.  However, the challenge is that it’s a very popular filming location, often booked for months at a time.  There are only a few opportunities a year you can successfully book a tour and it is typically on very short notice.  Here’s a look at several buildings seen in the film during the “Bounty Law” advertisement.

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LOCATION: 24715 Oakcreek Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

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Rick and Cliff sit down for an interview along the boardwalk in front of this building.  The interior was used extensively as the brothel where Thandie Newton’s character works in “Westworld.”

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Rick and Cliff head to Musso & Frank Grill to meet Marvin Schwarzs, played by Al Pacino.  Musso & Frank Grill is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, founded over 100 years ago.  The restaurant has popped up in numerous films, including “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ed Wood” and “Swingers,” as well as the TV shows “Mad Men” and “Bosch.”

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LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Rick and Cliff sit at the bar when Marvin first arrives.

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After the meeting, Rick and Cliff head to the parking lot in back and have a quick chat in front of this sign.

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The flashback of Rick crashing his car is in front of the Frolic Room on Hollywood Blvd.  The same bar was used in the film “L.A. Confidential.”

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LOCATION: 6245 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Rick Dalton lives on Cielo Drive next door to Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie.  The real entrance to Cielo Dr is seen multiple times in the film.  The houses seen in the film are not actually located on the real Cielo, but the Tate house is a pretty close representation of what was there in 1969.  Most of Cielo is actually public, but the path up to the former Tate residence is private.  The entrance area seen in the film is visible from the public portion of the road.

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LOCATION: Cielo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The actual home used as the exterior for Rick Dalton’s house can be found in a cul-de-sac in Studio City.  It’s actually one of three locations used in the film to composite Rick’s home, as each of the individual locations lacked specific features needed for the story.  The Studio City home was used extensively, however, with many scenes recognizable to it.  Unlike Cielo Dr, Alto View Dr is a public road.

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LOCATION: 10969 Alta View Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

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The driveway is featured in many scenes in the film, with a large painting of Rick placed on the left side.

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Here is the front entrance of the home.  The door was painted green in the film.

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Rick’s pool overlooking the city is a real pool at the home.

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The house next door plays a key role as well, serving as the home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski.  The layout is a notable departure from how the real house entrance on Cielo appeared, but it serves Tarantino’s story well.

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LOCATION: 10974 Alta View Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

Here’s a closer look at the gate to the Tate residence.

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Here is the area where Charles Manson, played by Damon Herriman, parks a Twinkies delivery truck.  Cliff observes him from the roof as he goes looking for Terry Melcher.

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Here is the road leading into the cul-de-sac of the Dalton and Tate/Polanski residences, which is seen a few times in the film.

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After dropping Rick off at his home, Cliff drives at high speeds down Hollywood Blvd as he heads home.

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LOCATION: Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Here is Brad Pitt waiving to the crowd on the street.

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Tarantino acknowledging the crowd of onlookers as well.

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Here’s a deeper look at the set dressing around Hollywood Blvd, which was completely transformed back to 1969 for the film.

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Cliff’s trailer, supposedly located on the grounds of the Van Nuys Drive-In Theatre, was a combination of two locations.  The drive-in sign was built by the production at the Saugus Speedway in Santa Clarita, which now serves as the site of the Santa Clarita Swap Meet.  Cliff drives past the white fencing and enters here.

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LOCATION: 22500 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

The drive-in itself is the Paramount Drive-In Theaters (7770 Rosecrans Ave, Paramount, CA 90723).

Sharon Tate and husband Roman Polanski attend a party at the Playboy Mansion.  This was filmed at the real Playboy Mansion.  The property sits in a residential neighborhood and if you didn’t know what you were looking for, it would be very easy to drive past without any idea.  It should be noted this is a private residence and from the street you can mostly just see the front gate.

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LOCATION: 10236 Charing Cross Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Manson Family girls are introduced digging through the dumpsters at the Super A Foods market.  The same market was seen in “A Star Is Born.”

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LOCATION: 2924 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

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It’s difficult to see, but the actresses playing the Manson girls, including Harley Quinn Smith, are gathered by the dumpster in the center of this shot.

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The Manson girls then walk away with their haul, making their way past this mural of James Dean from the film “Giant.”  This was located at a pharmacy just across the street from the Super A Foods market. It was added by the production and is unfortunately no longer painted on the actual location.

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LOCATION: 2922 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Here’s a look at some more of the shoot from Super A Foods.

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While driving, Cliff spots Pussycat, played by Margaret Qualley, sitting in front of the Pandora’s Box nightclub looking for a ride.  Pandora’s Box was a real nightclub in West Hollywood, which was at the center of protests over a curfew in 1966.  The building was eventually demolished in 1967.  For the film, the production recreated the former nightclub at Jospeh’s Cafe on Ivar Ave.  Here’s a view of when the production was setting up for the scene.

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LOCATION: 1775 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Here’s a couple more shots from when the Pandora’s Box shoot was prepping.

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Sharon stops by the Bruin Theater to watch herself in the film “The Wrecking Crew” with Dean Martin.  The Bruin is still in operation, though the marquee is now digital.  Fatboy Slim’s music video for “Praise You” shot in front of the same theater.

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LOCATION: 948 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Fox Theater right across the street is also seen in several shots.

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LOCATION: 961 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Here’s a closer look at the Fox Theater, with the finished marquee for the film.

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Here is the view across the street from the Bruin Theater, when it was dressed for filming.

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Here is the exterior of the book store Sharon Tate visits.  It’s not a book store in realty, but this is what it looked like when it was fully dressed.

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LOCATION: 10909 Weyburn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

This travel agency was also seen in the film.  It was another creation of the production and not an actual travel agency.

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Here are some more views of the area when production was in progress.

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Cliff takes Rick down Hollywood Blvd and they pass the famous Pantages Theater.

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LOCATION: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cliff runs into Pussycat once again in front of Jackalope Pottery in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 10726 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Here is the area when filming was taking place.  It was overflowing with crew at the corner.

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Just across the street, Quentin Tarantino stood on the right, along with Rick Dalton’s car on the street.

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Pussycat takes Cliff to Spahn Ranch, which was a very accurate recreation built at Corriganville Park in Simi Valley.  Originally the production hoped to film at the real Spahn Ranch, but due to the fact that the entrances were bulldozed over, it made the land difficult for building sets.  Much like Spahn Ranch, the nearby Corriganville is also a former movie ranch which hosted many westerns in during the 1950s and 1960s, before being destroyed by widlfires.  The land now operates as a public park, but there are many signs explaining the land’s film history and the frames of the old buildings are still in the ground.

The Spahn Ranch set took a couple months to build, but when it was finished, it shot very quickly and was demolished just a few weeks later.  Having done plenty of research on the real Spahn Ranch and The Manson Family long before this film was ever announced, we were quite well versed in the subject matter.  Standing in person at what was a near exact, full scale replica of Spahn Ranch remains one of the most memorable location experiences we’ve ever had.  The production design and attention to detail was incredible.  If you go there now, it’s empty land again, but here we’ll take a look at when the set existed.

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LOCATION: 7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063 (Spahn Ranch sets now demolished)

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George Spahn’s house plays a key role in the scene, as Cliff insists on speaking with the old man, played by Bruce Dern.

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Some more views of the Spahn house.

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Here is a view of the front of the Spahn set, including the famous truck.  The signs for the Longhorn Saloon and Rock City Cafe are spot on to the original ranch.

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Here is the horse stable area where Clem sits on the fence.

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Here are some more views around the ranch.

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Rick is photographed with a new love interest in tow at a restaurant, supposedly located in Rome, Italy.  This is actually the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Rick returns from Italy with his costar.  The couple is seen walking past the wall tiles of Terminal 6 at LAX Airport.  These tiles can be found along the pedestrian tunnel in the lower level and are only accessible to airline passengers and staff, as they make their way to baggage claim or the exits.  Tarantino also filmed Pam Grier in this area in the opening of “Jackie Brown.”

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LOCATION: Terminal 6, 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (lower level, arrivals area)

In the third act, a montage of businesses are shown leading up to the end of the film, including the famous Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

An old Taco Bell is also shown.  This was located much further south in Tunstin.  The building was abandoned and the production came and made it look like an operational Taco Bell from 1969.

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LOCATION: 14232 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

Chili John’s in Burbank is also briefly seen.

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LOCATION: 2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Voytek Frykowski have dinner that evening at the El Coyote restaurant.  This is where the real people ate that night and the film shot at the actual location.

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LOCATION: 7312 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Here is a view of the front entrance of El Coyote, which remains in business to this day.

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We leave you with Quentin Tarantino’s hand and foot prints in front of the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.  While in no way a filming location, we felt it was nevertheless fitting to include.

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LOCATION: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

It was a unique experience walking through 1969 with the production and we hope these photos help you share in that experience.  There’s actually many locations we captured where the production shot, but were not featured in the final film.  Perhaps there will be a longer or alternate cut someday.  For now, we’ll keep to the places that made it into the film.

Related articles: Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (2003)

Grandma’s Boy (2006)

The 2006 Adam Sandler produced comedy “Grandma’s Boy” filmed around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.  Alex, played by Allen Covert, lives here with his friend Josh.

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LOCATION: 918 E Edgeware Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Dante, played by Peter Dante, lives in this Burbank home.

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LOCATION: 5104 Ledge Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

Jeff, played by Nick Swardson, lives in this Toluca Lake home.

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 LOCATION: 4649 Sancola Ave, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Grandma Lilly’s home can be found in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, just across the street from the houses from Michael Jackon’s “Thriller” music video and the TV show “Charmed” (this house was also used in the film “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”).

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LOCATION: 1324 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The boys grab a bite at the original Tommy’s hamburgers, a popular and long-running L.A. establishment.

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LOCATION: 2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Samantha, played by Linda Cardellini, lives at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  While the address is on S Grand Ave, the side seen in the film faces S Olive St near Pershing Square.

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LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (rear entrance facing S Olive St)

Too Old To Die Young

“Too Old to Die Young” from director Nicolas Winding Refn is, depending on how you look at it, either a TV series or a long film.  Refn himself prefers to view it as the latter.  Most of the production took place around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, with some additional filming in New Mexico.  Here we’ll cover the locations episode by episode.  Some locations of course appear over multiple episodes.  This article contains many spoilers for the show, so please do not proceed unless you’ve seen it in it’s entirety.

Volume 1 – “The Devil”

The first episode opens with Martin Jones, played by Miles Teller and his partner Larry, played by Lance Gross, standing in front of this mural along the side of a taco restaurant in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11401 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

Here is a wider view of the side of the building.

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Also seen in the opening scene is this sports bar, located directly next to the taco restaurant.

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LOCATION: 11411 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

Unbeknownst to Martin and Larry, they are being watched from across the street by Jesus, played by Augusto Aguilera.

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Martin and Larry pull over a young woman in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping plaza in North Hollywood sometimes referred to as the Valley Plaza.  The area is becoming a popular filming location, having also recently appeared in “Captain Marvel.”  The Blockbuster Video store where Carol Danvers first arrives is one of the store fronts in the background.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Sylvian St / Vantage Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (directly across from 12200 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606)

The police car is parked in the area to the left near the tree.

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After taking money from the girl they’ve pulled over, they let her go and Larry walks over towards a restaurant called “The Lone Drifter.”  This is not a real establishment, rather a vacant building dressed up by the production.  It too was seen in “Captain Marvel,” dressed as a music venue called “The Slow Club,” where Carol makes a call at a payphone.

Jesus is parked just beside the building, where he approaches and shoots Larry.  The fire hydrant to the right is where Larry’s cell phone is recovered.

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LOCATION: 2124 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Martin returns fire on Jesus with the Regency Valley Plaza theater seen in the background.

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After the shooting, Jesus escapes driving down Sylvian St and turning right onto Laurel Canyon Blvd.  Martin calls in the shooting and surprisingly states the actual location of the scene to dispatch, rather than a fictionalized address, which is a somewhat rare occurrence in film and television.

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The police station where Martin works, seen frequently throughout the show, is the Sunkist Headquarters building in Sherman Oaks.  It is seen mostly from interior views in the show.

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LOCATION: 14130 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The building faces the 101 freeway and Westfield shopping mall, both of which are seen through the windows in various scenes.

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Not far from the police station, Martin parks here and walks to a payphone to call Damian, played by Babs Olusanmokun.  This area is the rear parking lot behind a shoe repair and dry cleaners, looking out over a gas station and bank building.  There is no actual payphone there.

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LOCATION: 13644 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (rear parking lot)

Damian runs his operation out of an ice skating rink in Van Nuys.  The location appears many times in the show, from a variety of angles both from the interior and exterior.  Here is the front entrance.

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LOCATION: 14318 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

In one scene, Martin is seen approaching past this sign.

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The parking lot is featuring in several scenes.  First, Martin meets Damian to say he only wants to kill those who have committed horrible acts.  In later episodes, Damian slices fruit with a sword and a would-be assassin named Gameboy watches as Damian and his crew perform a peculiar dance to “Ten Commandments” by Prince Buster.

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Here is the corner where Devante, Jaime and Gameboy all stake out Damian’s ice rink.

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LOCATION: Calvert St / Tyrone Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Gameboy mistakenly takes out the wrong man, killing Celestino.  He attempts to speed off, but Damian returns fire and kills him in the street.

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Martin’s apartment can be found in Sherman Oaks.

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LOCATION: 14426 Addison St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Later, when Martin returns home with Janey, played by Nell Tiger Free, Damian and his crew are waiting on this street corner, where they violently persuade Martin to become a hitman for them.

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LOCATION: Addison St / Tilden Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Martin pays a visit to Amanda’s apartment in North Hollywood to pay her money.

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LOCATION: 6837 Fulton Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

As Martin goes to perform the hit ordered by Damian, he parks at this liquor store.

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LOCATION: 12500 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604

His target is a man inside this auto shop.

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LOCATION: 4350 Whitsett Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Once inside, he finds the man nude on a couch and the two engage in a physical battle before Martin gets the upper hand.

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Volume 2 – “The Lovers”

Don Ricardo’s estate, where much of episode 2 takes places, is the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley.  The property regularly hosts weddings and special events.  It is otherwise a private estate, however, only allowing guests by appointment.  The only road leading to the ranch is typically gated shut with no trespassing signs, making it unfortunately closed to the public.  The property has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher and in the second season of “True Detective.”

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LOCATION: 2940 Kuehner Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Volume 3 – “The Hermit”

In episode 3, the character of Viggo, played by John Hawkes, is introduced.  As he is transporting a dead body in his trunk, he suddenly runs out of gas.  He pulls over to this alley in Van Nuys.

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LOCATION: 14524 Hamlin St, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Not thinking clearly, Viggo locks himself out of his car.  In the neighboring parking lot, gunshots suddenly ring out as an unrelated crime takes place.  Viggo decides to escape on foot, leaving the key with his fingerprint inside the car.  The next morning Martin arrives and discovers the key, putting him on the trail of Viggo.

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LOCATION: 6417 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 (rear parking lot)

Diana, played by Jena Malone, orchestrates Viggo’s targets and regularly meets with him at the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.  The pool has a picturesque mountain range spanning the backdrop.  It is depicted as quiet and isolated in the show, but in reality, it’s a popular spot for families to visit.

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LOCATION: 11798 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

The slide at the pool is also seen in a later episode when the two once again meet up and talk.

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Martin visits the family of an abused boy to gather more information on Viggo.

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LOCATION: 6616 Langdon Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Janey forces a bartender to serve her a drink despite knowing she is underage.  Most of the scene is out of focus, but when she exits the building, it is revealed to be a bar inside Highland Park Bowl.

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LOCATION: 5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Here is a view of the full exterior, although it is never seen from this angle in the show.

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Janey then walks over to meet her father at an art gallery.  This is geographically accurate, as the location really is just a few doors down from the bar.  It is seen only from interior views in the scene.

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LOCATION: 5601 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Martin finally tracks down Viggo and follows him to his mother’s house in Sylmar.

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LOCATION: 11370 Clybourn Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Martin then follows Viggo to the Northridge Fashion Center, which leads him to Diana.  Viggo is seen driving up this ramp.  To access the exact area seen in the film, you need to go to Nordhoff St and turn into the lot near Sears.  The ramp is on the left and will take you to the upper lot where the scene was shot.

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LOCATION: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

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Viggo parks along the wall on the right, while Diana parks beside the lamppost in the foreground.  Martin photographs them from afar, looking at this angle.

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Martin is told to meet Damian at a strip mall near the house.  Damian gives him a key to enter the house of his next target.  The plaza can be found in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11308 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Volume 4 – “The Tower”

Martin’s next target is a Korean man that he tracks down at this burger restaurant in Burbank.

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LOCATION: 2320 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Martin follows the man and he pulls over here to eat a burger.  As Martin pulls the gun, he finds himself conflicted about whether the man really deserves death and decides to find an alternate solution.  Once again, the route they drive is geographically accurate and just a short distance from the burger restaurant.

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LOCATION: 2301 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Volume 5 – “The Fool”

Episode 5 was filmed on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We do not yet have specific location information at this time.

Volume 6 – “The High Priestess”

Back in the Valley, Alfonso attempts to get in the good graces of Jesus by ordering a hit on Damian.  He visits Devante at this auto shop in Van Nuys and hires him to perform the hit for $6,000.

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LOCATION: 14101 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Devante then outsources the job to Jaime for $2,000, who in turn outsources the hit to a junkie named Gameboy for $200 and some crystal meth.  Gameboy stops by this apartment and does some drugs, tearing the photo of his target in two in the process and mixing up Damian with Celestino.  The address is on Bakman Ave in North Hollywood, but the view seen in the show is actually the back side of the building, on an unnamed road next to the electrical towers.

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LOCATION: 6607 Bakman Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (rear side of the building on an unnamed road)

Gameboy is then seen passing the electrical towers and turning down Kittridge St to go kill Damian.  Things do not go as planned.

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Volume 7 – “The Magician”

Janey’s father Theo, played by William Baldwin, takes Martin to a screening room, where he plays a scene of a show within a show.  The scene is very meta, mimicking the scene from episode 1 where Martin and Larry pull over a woman.  This was filmed at an auto shop very close to the location of the final scene in the show.

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LOCATION: 5547 Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

After Viggo helps Martin dispose of a body, Martin asks him to pull over as he vomits.

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LOCATION: 8981 Bradley Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Volume 8 – “The Hanged Man”

Martin and Viggo’s next target takes them to an abandoned shopping mall.  This is the former Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center.  The plaza has been abandoned for years, with on-again, off-again plans for demolition.  In the meantime, it has become a popular spot for filming and photography.  It has been seen in such films at “Gone Girl,” “Minority Report” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” as well as the TV series “Westworld.”  The building is closed to the public and regularly patrolled by security, so unless you have permission from the city or someone filming, it is trespassing to enter the grounds.  It is a popular spot for abandon building enthusiasts, however, and quite a few people have managed to get inside over the years.

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LOCATION: 12124 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250 (closed to the public)

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The High Priestess of Death executes everyone in sight at the Sierra Pelona Motel in Santa Clarita.  The motel was also used in the 2002 Britney Spears film “Crossroads” and is located very close to the restaurant from “Duel.”  The phone booth was not a prop and really exists at the motel.

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LOCATION: 12117 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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Most of the killings take place in front of rooms 3 and 4.

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Volume 9 – “The Empress”

In the penultimate episode, Diana has a vision which changes her eyes.  She visits a mysterious woman to explain her vision and fix her eyes.  All of the decor seen in the front of the shop is real and was not a flourish of the production.  This location is right across the street from the scene in episode 1 where Martin and Larry pull over the young woman.

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LOCATION: 6316 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Diana makes her way out to the back of the building to speak to the woman.

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Volume 10 – “The World”

In the final episode, Yuritza makes her presence known as the High Priestess of Death.  She sits at the corner of Satsuma Ave and Cumpston St.  This is on the same street as the show within a show that Theo plays for Martin in his screening room.

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LOCATION: Satsuma Ave / Cumpston St, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The final scenes were filmed at the Limelight West, an event space in North Hollywood.

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LOCATION: 5453 Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Related articles: Drive (2011)

GLOW

The TV series “GLOW” tells the real life story of a 1980s women’s wrestling promotion called the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.”  The show, starring Alison Brie, was primarily set around the San Fernando Valley in Southern California for the first two seasons, before shifting to Las Vegas for the third season.

The exterior of the gym where the ladies train can be found at the San Fernando Masonic Lodge.  The angle shown is from the back of the building.  There is a gate on the front side preventing vehicle access to this area.  There is also fencing along the back.  However, there is an alley running behind the property, allowing for views of the location.  The interior of the gym was a set built on a sound stage.

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LOCATION: 1112 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

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The diner the girls frequent is Cadillac Jack’s in Sun Valley.  It is no longer an active restaurant establishment, instead it is used solely as a filming location or event space.  The building is actually part of the same property as the hotel used in the show and located directly beside it.  The restaurant has been used in countless productions, including “Grease 2,” “The Whole Ten Yards,” the TV shows “Vanderpump Rules,” “MacGuyver” and dozens more.  It has also been featured in many music videos, such as CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” and Mandy Moore’s “Candy.”

It should be noted that this location, including the hotel, has gained reputation in recent years for disliking unsolicited visitation.  Cones block off most of the entrances.  Due to the filming history, as well as the unique look of the property, it often attracts interest from the general public.  We had no issues when we visited, but there are numerous comments online from others with more unpleasant experiences.   If you do visit, keep in mind that they have apparently become sensitive about the issue and be careful not to trespass.

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The girls attend a party at the house of the producer Bash.  This was filmed at the Circles on the Point mansion in Malibu.  The 1994 film Bruce Willis film “Color Of Night” also filmed here, as well as the TV series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”

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LOCATION: 29377 Cliffside Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

The Dusty Spur motel where the girls reside is actually the Pink Motel in Sun Valley.  It’s part of the same property as the diner on the show and sits directly beside it.  It is not an operational motel, rather a set used for filming or special events.  As mentioned earlier, according to many online comments, the property is not receptive to public visitation these days, preferring only professional clients.  The motel property has been featured in countless productions, including “The House Bunny” and “Drive” (interiors only), as well as the TV shows “Dexter” and “The O.C.”

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LOCATION: 9457 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

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The gang tries to secure sponsorship from Patio Town.  This was filmed at the back entrance of an actual patio store in Studio City.

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LOCATION: 11055 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

The girls celebrate securing sponsorship by grabbing some burgers at Foster’s Freeze.  The same location was used in “Pulp Fiction,” whenever Butch crosses paths with Marsellus and gets into a car collision.

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LOCATION: 2760 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Carmen’s house, where they wrestle in the back yard, can be found in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1234 Fedora St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Seeking additional funding, the girls attend a fundraiser at Bash’s mother’s house.  The home, found in Pasadena, was also famously used in the sitcom “Benson.”

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LOCATION: 1365 S Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

The Manson Family

The history of The Manson Family and their victims is long and vast, scattered all across California and beyond, spanning through the heart of Hollywood, into the far reaches of the desert.  We’ve previously we posted articles covering Spahn Ranch and Barker Ranch.  Here we will take a look at many additional sites related to the history of The Family, in semi-chronological order.  We do not endorse any of the crimes related to this subject matter. This article’s sole intention is to simply acknowledge the places where these events happened and show them as they stand today.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who would become the second member of The Manson Family and one of the most devoted, did not get along with her father from a young age.  Not far from LAX airport, you’ll find the childhood home of Lynette.

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LOCATION: 6511 W 82nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Of particular interest is the lamp post in front of the home.  On the cement in front of it, Lynette scrawled her name as a child, which remains there to this day.  Eventually Lynette ran away from home, leading her to Venice Beach, where she met a recently paroled Charles Manson.

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When released from Terminal Island in San Pedro in 1967, Charles Manson headed north to the Bay Area.  He played guitar at the UC Berkeley campus, where he would meet Mary Brunner, the first member of the Manson Family.  Here is the famous Sather Gate at the Berkeley campus.

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LOCATION: Sather Gate, Sather Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720

Just inside the gate is the courtyard area where Manson played his guitar and met Brunner.  Here are some views of what the general area looks like today.

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Mason became a resident of the famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Fransisco during the “Summer of Love” in 1967, renting an apartment unit in this building.  It was in San Francisco that he also met future family member Susan “Sadie” Atkins.

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LOCATION: 636 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Around this same period, Bobby Beausoleil, who would later become involved in the first of the Manson Family murders, was also in San Francisco.  He posed for a famous photo on the front stairs of this house, which at the time was occupied by underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger.  Anger filmed portions of his short film “Invocation of My Demon Brother” at the house, which featured Bobby Beausoleil and Anton LaVey, with music by Mick Jagger.

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LOCATION: 1198 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Here are the stairs where Bobby posed for his photo.  While serving his sentence for his murder conviction, Beausoleil later composed the score to Anger’s film “Lucifer Rising,” after a score by Jimmy Page was rejected.  You can read a bit more about this home in our separate article about the Kenneth Anger House.

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Eventually Manson would make his way back down to Southern California.  Susan Atkins joined Manson in his trek south, along with other Family members.  Sadie worked as a stripper at the Candy Cat One in Chatsworth, California.  The Candy Cat remained open for decades until 2017, when it finally closed its doors.  You can still see the faded letters where the sign once was.

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LOCATION: 21625 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Just across the street from the former Candy Cat One is The Munch Box, a staple of the San Fernando Valley that has been in business since 1956.  Charles Manson used to sit and eat at The Munch Box, waiting for Sadie to finish her work shifts.  A market also once stood in this area, which was one of the spots the women of the Manson Family would go digging through the dumpsters, looking for discarded food.

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LOCATION: 21532 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

There are conflicting stories about how Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys came to know The Manson Family.  The most common story is that he picked up members Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey in 1968, who were hitchhiking, and brought them back to his place on Sunset Blvd.  The story has been disputed, but what is known is that the Family began staying at Dennis Wilson’s home for a time.  During this period, Wilson and Manson undertook some musical collaborations.  Manson’s song “Cease to Exist” ended up being recorded under the name “Never Learn Not to Love” on The Beach Boys’ “20/20” album, though the sole songwriting credit went to Dennis Wilson.

Eventually the Family would overstay their welcome and Wilson split from them by selling the home.  The house still stands, but it is fairly difficult to get a decent view.  Fencing and trees surround the entire property along the street.  Here is a view of the driveway gate.

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LOCATION: 14400 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Here is a view within the property, when one of the gates was open.

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Across the street on Will Rogers State Park Rd, the road goes up an incline, allowing for views over the fence.  The trees still obscure most of the property though.  It should be noted that parking is difficult here.  Sunset Blvd is quite busy along this stretch and has no parking shoulder.  You can go up Will Rogers State Park Rd, but the nearest parking area is at the top, meaning you’d have a long walk down and back up to return to your vehicle.  Your best bet is to take one of the side roads in the vicinity, but many of them are private, so it can be tricky.

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Here is a view of the horse stables at the property.

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Both Charles Manson and Charles “Tex” Watson visited the famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.  Watson is said to have lived on the road just behind it for a time.

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LOCATION: 8901 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Members of the Family attended parties at the house of Harold True on multiple occasions.  This is Harold’s former house, which was located directly next door to Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.

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LOCATION: 3267 Waverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Over in Beverly Hills is the original home of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, before they moved to Cielo Drive, where the fateful murders took place.  It was here that they first met their maid, Winifred Chapman, who would continue working for them at the Cielo house and would have the unfortunate role of discovering the bodies the morning after the murders.

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LOCATION: 1600 Summitridge Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jay Sebring, another victim of the Manson Family, was a celebrity hair stylist prior to the murders who had connections all over Hollywood, including Warren Beatty and Bruce Lee.  His hair salon could be found on Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles.  The space remains a hair salon to this day, albeit under different ownership.

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LOCATION: 725 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sebring’s house could be found in Benedict Canyon, about a mile from Tate and Polanski’s house on Cielo.

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LOCATION: 9860 Easton Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In early 1969, Charles Manson rented a house in Canoga Park, where members of The Family stayed with him.  They called the house the “Yellow Submarine,” due to its paint color.  By this time, Manson had already discovered Spahn Ranch, but he felt it was too disorganized for musical recording and wanted to use the home as a studio.  The Family’s time there would be brief and the house was eventually demolished.  Today, an apartment complex stands in its place.

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LOCATION: 21019 Gresham St, Canoga Park, CA 91304

The most well-known home of The Manson Family was of course Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth, California.  This is where the murders were ordered.  You can read much more detail about the history of Spahn Ranch in our article here.

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LOCATION: Formerly 1200 Santa Susana Pass Rd, Chatsworth, CA 91311 (now defunct), nearest present address is 22601 Santa Susana Pass Rd., Chatsworth, CA 91311

The events that set the stage for the Tate-LaBianca murders really kicked into full motion in 1969 with the shooting of Bernard “Lotsapoppa” Crowe.  Crowe had agreed to a drug deal with Charles “Tex” Watson, who burned him and kept the money.  An angry Crowe called Spahn Ranch and asked for Charles.  The name mix-up put him on the phone with Charles Manson, rather than Watson.  Crowe threatened to harm Watson’s girlfriend if the situation wasn’t fixed, so Manson headed to his apartment in the middle of Hollywood.  There things escalated and Manson ended up shooting Lotsapoppa.  Leaving under the belief he had killed Crowe, when Manson watched the news, he saw reports of a murdered member of the Black Panther party.  Crowe had in fact survived the shooting and was not a member of the Panthers.  However, Manson erroneously believed he was on the hook for murder and that the Panthers would soon visit Spahn Ranch seeking retaliation.  Manson also believed that Watson owed him big for having taken care of his situation.

The apartment where Lotsapoppa was shot has long since been demolished.  It is now a parking lot for the famous Magic Castle.

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LOCATION: 7001 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

More trouble would soon come when Gary Hinman set up a drug deal with a biker gang through Bobby Beausoleil.  While Beausoleil denies ever being a member of the Manson Family, he held many ties with them.  After the bikers claimed the drugs were bad, they demanded their money back from Beausoleil.  Beausoleil went to the house of Gary Hinman, along with Mary Brunner and Susan Atkins and held Hinman captive.  Believing he had received a large inheritance, they demanded money from him.  Hinman denied having money and also disputed that the drugs were bad.  Eventually Charles Manson would visit the house as well, slicing Hinman with a sword.

Bobby Beausoleil would then murder Gary Hinman, with words written in blood on the walls, in an attempt to make it look like a crime committed by the Black Panthers.  Not long after, Beausoleil was found asleep in Hinman’s car and charged with murder.  Here is the former Hinman house, which has since been remodeled and is obscured by trees and shrubs.  There used to be stairs leading up to the house, which have also since been removed.

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LOCATION: 964 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290

With Beausoleil arrested for murder, the events fell into place for the first night of the Tate-LaBianca murders.  Many members of the Family have claimed the murders were intended to appear as copycat crimes, to make it appear as if Hinman’s killer was still on the loose, thus resulting in Beausoleil’s release.  Others have disputed this motive, however.

Steven Parent lived at this house in El Monte, California.  Parent had the misfortune of trying to sell William Garretson a clock radio on the night of the murders on August 8, 1969.  Garretson was staying in a guest house at the Tate residence when Parent paid him a visit.  As Parent was leaving, he encountered Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian.  Watson shot and killed Parent in his car in the driveway.

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LOCATION: 11214 Bryant Rd, El Monte, CA 91731

Earlier the same night, Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Voytek Frykowski had dinner at the El Coyote restaurant.  The Mexican restaurant was a favorite of Tate’s.  It would unfortunately turn out to be their final meal.

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LOCATION: 7312 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Here is a view of the front entrance of El Coyote, which remains in business to this day.

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This is alleged to be the table where the group ate their dinner.

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This is the entrance to the private road of Cielo Drive.  Much of Cielo is actually a public road.  It is only the portion leading up to the houses that is marked private.  It is at the foot of the private road where the killers parked their car, heading up the rest of the way on foot in darkness.

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LOCATION: Formerly 10500 Cielo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (now defunct), changed to 10066 Cielo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

While that portion of Cielo Drive is private, the road directly across the street, Bella Drive, is not.  It too goes up an incline and from the top you get a clear view of all the homes along Ceilo Dr.  The house furthest to the left in front of the city skyline is where the Tate/Polanki residence once stood.  The killers’ original plan was to murder the occupants of every house along the block.  The Tate murders proved more difficult than they had anticipated, however, so they abandoned plans to enter the other homes.  While neighbors did hear sounds the night of the murders, the canyons echoed sounds and it was difficult to place where the noises came from.

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LOCATION: Cielo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, as seen from 1436 Bella Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Here is a better view of where the Tate/Polanski home once stood, taken from Beverly View Drive.  The home has since been demolished and a mansion belonging to “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin stands in it’s place.

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After the murders, the killers traveled about 1.5 miles up Benedict Canyon Drive and stopped at this home on Portola Drive.  Here they used a hose to wash off the victims’ blood.  However, the homeowner discovered them and wrote down their license plate, which would become a heavily incriminating piece of evidence during the murder trials.

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LOCATION: 9870 Portola Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The killers then made their way further up Benedict Canyon.  They pulled over to this section of the road, across the street from 2901 Benedict Canyon, where they tossed the clothes they wore during the murders.  In 1969, this area was a wide shoulder where cars could pull over.  Now a guard rail blocks it, but there is still a strip of land there with enough space to fit a car.  Based on descriptions later provided by Susan Atkins, which described the area as mountain on one side and a ravine on the other, a local news station recreated the drive from Cielo, traveling at a moderate speed and changing their clothes.  When they finished, they pulled over to the nearest shoulder they could find, leading them to the precise location where the clothes were tossed.

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LOCATION: 2901 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Here’s another view of the area.

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Upon making the discovery, the reporter headed across the street to notify the police.

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The killers then made their way over to Beverly Glen Blvd, where they tossed the gun.  They believed this area to be an empty canyon where the weapon would not likely be recovered.  From the road above, this is the view they would have seen.  It was not an empty canyon, however.  At the bottom of the hill was a neighborhood and the gun was tossed into one of the back yards.

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LOCATION: Beverly Glen Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (near 3627 Longview Valley Rd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423)

This is the home where the gun was discovered.

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LOCATION: 3627 Longview Valley Rd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Here you can see a view of Beverly Glen Blvd in the distance, where the gun was tossed as the killers passed.

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Not content with one night of murders or with how they were carried out, Charles Manson decided to accompany the group for a second night of killings.  After roaming around in search of a suitable site, they made their way over to the neighborhood of Harold True and eventually selected the house next door, belonging to Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.  The group consisted of Manson, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Steve “Clem” Grogan.  Manson entered the LaBianca house and tied up the victims, telling them they were only there to rob the place and would not be harmed.

He then returned to the car with Rosemary LaBianca’s wallet and sent Watson, Krenwinkel and Van Houten in to do the killings.  He told them to hitchhike back to Spahn Ranch and he would take the remaining group out to perform a different set of murders.  Here is what the LaBianca house looks like today.  A gate and garage have been added and trees planted to obscure the view.  Much like the Cielo house, the address was also slightly changed.

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LOCATION: Formerly 3301 Waverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, changed to 3311 Waverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Manson then took the second group to this gas station in Sylmar and had Linda Kasabian dispose of Rosemary LaBianca’s wallet in the restroom.  Here is the side of the building where the restroom once was.  During the trial, the prosecution alleged that this gas station was chosen in a predominantly black area, as to implicate black killers and bring about a race war called “Helter Skelter.”  One of the few blows against the “Helter Skelter” motive came when the defense noted that Sylmar was not a predominantly black area.

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LOCATION: 12881 Encinitas Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Manson then walked over to this Denny’s and ordered a chocolate shake.  The Denny’s still stands there today.

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LOCATION: 12861 Encinitas Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Manson, Grogan, Kasabian and Atkins then went to this apartment building on Venice Beach, looking to commit the next murder.  They came here because Kasabian remembered a resident there she disliked.  After knocking on a door and failing to find the correct apartment unit, which Kasabian later claimed to have done intentionally to avoid more killings, the group abandoned plans to commit murder here.  Upon making their way down the stairwell to exit, Susan Atkis deficated in the building before leaving.

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LOCATION: 1011 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The morning after the LaBianca murders, the family arrived at the house.  Noticing some unusual activity; the fact that the LaBianca’s boat had been left out and the curtains were drawn closed, then went across the street to phone the police.

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LOCATION: 3306 Waverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the wake of the murders, The Manson Family fled to Barker Ranch in Death Valley.  It was here that Charles Manson was eventually captured.  You can read our article about Barker Ranch here.

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LOCATION: Just off of Goler Wash Rd, Death Valley National Park, Panamint, CA 93592 (easiest access is via Ballarat, CA, GPS coordinates: 35°51′34.57″N 117°5′18.76″W)

While at the Sybil Brand Institute, Susan Atkins confessed to a cell mate named Virginia Graham about the Tate Murders. Graham in turn shared what Atkins had told her with homocide detectives, which eventually helped lead to the indictment of Charles Manson. The prison shut down in 1997, but today the grounds are still owned by the Los Angeles sherrif’s office, where it is used by warehouse companies and for filming purposes. Walking the grounds, however, it still very much feels like a prison.

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LOCATION: 4500 City Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

The trial for the Tate/LaBianca murders was held at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 211 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Members of the Manson Family who were not incarcerated sat at this corner on Broadway and Temple, speaking with media throughout the duration of the trail.  After Manson shaved his head and carved an X into his forehead, the members followed suit.

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LOCATION: Intersection of N Broadway / W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

After Manson was convicted and sent to Folsom Prison, Family members Sandra Good and Lynette Fromme moved into the attic unit of this house in Sacramento, in order to be nearer to him.

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LOCATION: 1725 P St, Sacramento, CA 95811

There used to be an outdoor starcase on the side of the house leading to the attic unit, which has since been removed.

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Over at the Historic Sacramento City Cemetery, a famous photo of Lynette Fromme and Sandra Good wearing robes was taken for a German magazine at this grave plot.  The gravestone is marked Heintz at plot B83 276.  It actually sits very near the entrance at the intersection of Broadway and Ninth St.  From there it can be found 2 plots forward, 4 plots to the left.

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LOCATION: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

On September 5, 1975, Lynette Fromme left her house on P Street dressed in a red robe and came to the California State Capitol building in Sacramento.  She stood at this tree and aimed a gun at then President Gerald Ford, who was walking past.  Secret Service members immediately subdued her with no shots fired.  For her crime, she served 34 years in prison before being paroled in 2009.  The easiest way to reach the tree where the incident happened is from the intersection of 12th St and L St.  Ford was leaving the Senator Hotel and crossed that intersection, heading for the California State Capitol building.

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LOCATION: 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

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The final tenant of the original Cielo Drive residence before it was demolished was Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.  When Trent relocated from Los Angeles to New Orleans, he took with him one piece of the Cielo property; the infamous door that had “Pig” scrawled in Sharon Tate’s blood by Susan Atkins.  Trent purchased this former funeral home in New Orleans in 1995 and converted it into a recording studio.  He had the Cielo door installed as the front entrance to the studio.  Trent would eventually relocate back to Los Angeles in 2004 and abandon the former studio, this time leaving the Cielo door behind for good.  The building stood vacant until 2010, when it was purchased by a surgeon looking to convert the property into a retail area.  It has since been remodeled beyond recognition, but we managed to visit back when the original building still stood.

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LOCATION: 4500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Here is the Cielo door at the front entrance to the former studio on Magazine Street, where it sat behind a steel gate.  The door remained until around 2012, when the building was completely remodeled.  The current whereabouts of the door is unknown.

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After Charles Manson died in 2017, his funeral was quitly held in Porterville, Califonia and his ashes were spread in a nearby, undisclosed location.

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LOCATION: 765 W Henderson Ave, Porterville, CA 93257

Here is the back of the funeral home.

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There are countless more locations related to these events, which we have not covered.  There are also many books that dive much deeper into the subject.  We simply aimed to present a visual timeline of one of the most infamous crimes in American history.  It is a fascinating, tragic story.  It was very real and these are the places where it all unfolded.

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Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 film “Jurassic Park” takes place on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, supposedly near Costa Rica.  The real locations were filmed mostly in Hawaii, on the islands of Kauaʻi, O’ahu and Maui, with some additional scenes filmed on studio lots near Hollywood, California.

Early in the film, Nedry, played by Wayne Knight, meets Dodgson at an outdoor dining area, supposedly located in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The real location is just off the Kuhio Highway in Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi.  There are numerous food trucks there where motorists can stop and enjoy local food.  This is the spot where Dodgson first arrives by the side of the road.

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LOCATION: 4-1620 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746

This is the general area where Nedry and Dodgson sit and discuss plans to steal dinosaur DNA from InGen and sell it to a rival company.  As you can see, the area has changed a little bit.  While there are tables you can sit and eat, they are closer to the road at the food trucks.  In the film, the two sit further back near the palm trees.

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One of the most memorable scenes in the film is of course the first dinosaur sighting.  For years, it also remained one of the most elusive locations to fans.  The brachiosaurus encounter was filmed at Jurassic Kahili Ranch in Kauaʻi.  The land is a private ranch for horse, sheep and cattle.  For decades, it did not offer tours of any kind and only a select few ever made it onto the property.  That changed in 2019, when the ranch began offering public tours for the first time, including a tour dedicated to filming locations around the ranch.  Besides the original film, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic Park III” and “Jurassic World” also filmed at the ranch.

Here is where Hammond (Richard Attenborough) rides with Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie (Laura Dern) and Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in the Jeeps, as they first approach a hill towards the brachiosaurus.

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LOCATION: Jurassic Kahili Ranch, 5-1771D, Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754

The vehicles continue driving past this row of trees.

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Here is the exact spot where they first see the brachiosaurus.  It is eating from the tree on the right.  As iconic as this scene is, the ranch itself is so vast, it would be quite easy to miss if you didn’t know the general vicinity.  However, once you’re there, if you know the film, it’s very identifiable.

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As Grant sits on the ground bewildered by what he’s just seen, he looks the opposite direction and sees a herd of dinosaurs at a lake.  This is made to appear as if it’s right near the trees where the first brachiosaurus is seen, but in reality is a completely different part of the ranch.  Visual effects were used to composite the actors into the shot, to appear to be overlooking the lake.

This was filmed at the Pu’u Ka Ele Reservoir, located on the ranch.  After a breach of the nearby Ka Loko Reservoir in 2006, located about 2 miles east of the ranch, the owners decided to decommission the Pu’u Ka Ele Reservoir in 2009 and downsize it into a lake.  This is how it appears now.

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If you get a chance to visit Jurassic Kahili Ranch in Kauaʻi, we certainly encourage you to do so if you’re a fan of the film.  There are other, very recognizable locations from the other “Jurassic Park” films to be seen there as well.  The staff is very friendly and welcoming to photography and video and eager for fan input on how to improve the experience.  With the ranch now open to tours, it will likely grow as a tourist hot spot in the years to come.

Later in the film, a storm arrives on the island, which was filmed at Nawiliwili Harbor in Kauaʻi.  The very real Hurricane Iniki hit Kauaʻi during filming in 1992.  Spielberg and the cast were safely holed up at the Marriott Resort in Lihue when the hurricane struck.  The hurricane resulted in many scenes initially planned for filming in Kauaʻi to be shifted to O’ahu, as well as the studio lots in California.  However, they managed to use footage of the actual hurricane in the film, taken at the hotel looking out over the harbor.  If you don’t want to visit the hotel, there is a nearby park, from which the harbor can also be seen pretty well.

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LOCATION: Nawiliwili Harbor, Lihue, HI 96766 (seen near 3610 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766)

The T-rex attack was filmed at Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California, on their tallest sound stage.  The T-rex chasing Malcolm and Ellie was originally intended to be shot in Kauaʻi, however.  Due to the hurricane, this scene was also shifted to the Warner lot and can sometimes be seen on their studio tours, depending on the production schedules around the lot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

Perhaps the most widely known location for this film is Kualoa Ranch in O’ahu.  The Gallimimus stampede, with Grant and the two children, was not initially intended to be filmed at Kualoa Ranch.  Instead it was meant to be another location in Kauaʻi.  Kualoa was a replacement location, due to the hurricane.  Here is the main valley at the ranch, where the stampede takes place.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Another view where Grant and the children are running.

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The ranch still has a small piece of the original fallen tree they hide behind as the T-rex hunts and eats the Gallimimus.  They added a sign for the film and it has since become the most popular photo location on the ranch.  It’s right next to the main tour trail, so it’s very easy to access.

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These mountains were seen in the background as Grant and the kids hide and watch the T-rex.

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While “Jurassic Park” was not the first movie to film at Kualoa, it certainly became the most famous.  After this film, countless other films, TV shows, commercials and music videos began filming on the ranch, bringing with it quite a lot of tourism.  The ranch has so many filming locations, it’s almost like a studio tour.  There are a wide variety of tours available at the ranch, many of which are not film related.  While the locations from this film can be seen on quite a few of the tours, we recommend the Premier Movie Site Tour, as it takes you to many locations from other films that are only seen on that particular tour.

If you get a chance to visit Hawaii, there are quite a few “Jurassic Park” locations to be seen.  Some are quite a challenge to visit, however, involving hiking or private helicopter rides as the only way to reach them.  For the casual fan, we recommend Jurassic Kahili Ranch in Kauaʻi and Kualoa Ranch in O’ahu.  Both offer spectacular views and very recognizable locations from multiple different “Jurassic Park” films.  As a reminder, these are private ranches closed to the general public for unauthorized experiences.  Please do not trespass.  The only way to see them is by booking a tour.

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